18-Wheeler Fuel Tanker Overturns in Virginia

Friday, Jul 12, 2013  |  Updated 5:27 PM EDT
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Residents of one Bristow, Va., neighborhood can now leave their homes after an 18-wheeler carrying fuel overturned late Thursday evening, News4's Megan McGrath reports.

Megan McGrath

Residents of one Bristow, Va., neighborhood can now leave their homes after an 18-wheeler carrying fuel overturned late Thursday evening, News4's Megan McGrath reports.

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Residents of one Bristow, Va., neighborhood can now leave their homes after an 18-wheeler carrying fuel overturned late Thursday evening.

According to Manassas Volunteer Fire Company, the 8,500-gallon fuel tanker overturned at approximately 10:30 p.m. at 12691 Braemar Village Plaza. An estimated 7,500 gallons of gasoline spilled onto the roadway. The remaining fuel was pumped into a tanker truck called to the scene.

The driver was decontaminated at the scene and transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Two Hazmat worker also had to undergo emergency decontamination after they were exposed to the fuel while controlling the leak.

City spokeswoman Kim Hylander said the tanker, which is owned and operated by Hahn Transportation in New Market, Maryland,  was delivering fuel to the Safeway station at Braemar Village Plaza at the time of the accident.

Those in the shopping center were immediately evacuated, and residents were advised to stay inside their homes. Residents were also asked not to start their vehicles because of the amount of fuel and fumes in the area. That restriction has since been lifted.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

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